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n: Hey guys, so who are you and what do you do?
WCC: My name is Conall and I play the drums, and sing a little bit
WCC: My name is John and I play the guitar and I also sing a little bit sometimes
n: Cool, so what’s happening here in Shebeen Chic tonight?
WJohn: We’re playing with a band called Wounds for an internet TV gig organised by Cock and Bull, so we’re pretty excited and we’ve just recorded some songs
W Conall: We’ve got a few gigs coming up, we’re playing on the 3rd of June with The Heathers and The Funeral Suits downstairs in Whelans and we’re recording an album at the minute
n: Sounds good! So do you guys think you have a particular style when it comes to what you wear?
WJohn: Well we’re both primary school teachers so there’s a certain type of clothing…
n: So you have your work clothes and then your gig clothes?
WConall: Yeah well one sort of bleeds into the other
n: And have you found once you start to play gigs you’re more conscious of what you wear?
WJohn: No I think we used to dress a lot better before because we spend more money on music shit now so we don’t have enough money to buy clothes
n: And if you had the money do you think you would spend it on clothes?
WJohn: I think so yeah, but we can’t really see that happening for a while because we’re not making any money
n: Would you agree that there are so many bands around at the moment that are trying to look different, but that this just translates into an army of bands looking the same? Or do you even take notice of bands in Dublin??
WJohn: Not at all really, any of the bands that we’ve played with, I can’t say I’ve ever noticed a single item of clothing they were wearing
n: Yeah, so do you think it’s not really important?
WJohn: Yeah well I’m sure there are certain scenes that are much more underground that maybe we don’t know about or that we’re not into and they have ideas of fashion that are important to what they’re doing, but we’re kind of quite inoffensive in the music we play and I think that translates into what we wear
n: So would you ever look at someone who influences you musically and maybe consider their style?
WConall: We used to listen to an awful lot of Ryan Adams and we used to buy a lot of check shirts
WJohn: And we had about 10 leather jackets each because we were trying to find a Ryan Adams type leather jacket but that never happened!
WConall: We’re still looking!
n: Ha cool, and do you think it is important to have a style as some people go to gigs and now maybe seem to look at that more..?
WConall: Yeah well there’s always an element of style, like you’re not going to wear just a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms so there is an element. We certainly wouldn’t be over conscious of what we wear
WJohn: I’m sure at a certain level for bands it’s very important that there is maybe label pushing with them being pushed into the media spotlight and are projecting something, but really we have no profile so it doesn’t really matter what we wear.
n: Do you think if you were getting bigger you would start to be more conscious of what you wear?
WJohn: I can’t really imagine that would happen…maybe if we were signed to a major label and they told us to wear jumpsuits..!
WConall: Absolutely we would so whatever they tell us!
n: Would you do a Kings of Leon and release your own clothes? Like bandanas for 80 quid?
WJohn: Well we might consider it..
n: Ha, what would you have in it?
WJohn: I would have…a leather jacket. And I would try and redefine the v-neck t-shirt so it plunges the whole way to your belly button
n: NICE!! So what do you think about Dublin at the moment, do you think there are a lot of scensters around or?
WConall: Well we’ve just discovered this place (Shebeen Chic) tonight we were never here before, it seems brilliant. It seems like what I would imagine somewhere in New York to be
n: Yeah it’s very unique…
WConall: Yeah it seems there’s a scene here. And the ?? across the road, and Le Cirque, so it seems it’s starting to buzz a little which is nice.
n: Are there any cities that influence you?
WConall: Manhatten is my favourite city I think it is absolutely amazing. And Hanoi is really nice as well, but fashion wise, not so much!
WJohn: I go to London quite a bit. It seems to be a step ahead..
n: Everyone looks like they’re in a band
WJohn: They really do. And if you walk through Camden it’s like walking through an NME cover or something
n: And are there any shops in Dublin that you would favour?
WJohn : Mm Maybe All Saints, Urban Outfitters..
WConall: We don’t really have any specific shops
n: Do you go shopping together on a Saturday yeah?
WJohn: We really don’t!
n: What about vintage shops? Would you be into that?
WJohn: Not really, I just don’t like the smell. Like it’s just the generic smell, and you never get it out.
n: What about the leather jackets?!
WJohn: Yeah but then Topman and H&M starting making knock offs which we did indulge in for a while, but even the Urban Outfitters renewal stuff that they do never seems to fit properly..it gets me down sometimes…
n: hah, cool. So you’re recording at the minute?
WJohn: Yeah we’re recording our first album in a studio called Bow Lane which is just off Stephen’s Green so it’s run by a guy called Jimmy Edee who did the last Jape Album so we’re really excited.
WConall: And a guy called Liam Mulvaney, they both run it, so Jimmy is recording our album for us, he’s brilliant and energetic
n: How are you finding it?
WConall: Yeah brilliant. It takes a long time, you think you can just go in on the weekend and record a couple of songs but it’s just constant back and forth changing things, but it’s a really exciting process
n: Do you have a particular style of music you would describe yourselves as?
WJohn: Em sort of folksy pop rock
WConall: Em..Hard one to say!
n: Yeah it is hard to listen to a band and try and describe what they are!
WConall: Well we listen to bands like Phoenix and so I’m sure its an amalgamation of those and I’m sure it comes out in some form
n: And have you been together long?
WJohn: Yeah we’ve been together quite a long time now. We started out with 2 acoustic guitars for years and then just last year we started playing with drums and electric guitar and then we just wrote a bunch of songs for that format
n: So starting a fresh really…
WJohn: Yeah. And Conall grew his hair, he’s very happy about that
n: Was that a statement?
WConall: Eh, clearly not!haha…
n: K thanks bye.